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The Deerfield Dirt-Road Randonnee aka D2R2 2016

23 Aug

We left the house Wednesday night after work and drove up to South Deerfield Massachusetts to stay in an eclectic hair studio/house AirBnb with the Arrow crew. We left the house a bit after 6:30pm and got in before 11pm, ate some food, crushed a couple beers, and got some rest.

Thursdays Strava route: 66mi | 4,400ft | 4h30m

Thursday morning we grabbed some breakfast at a diner then went to ride. Dan L. had some awesome routes ready and this one didn’t disappoint. 65 miles of totally off the beaten track gravel/dirt roads up into Vermont. At some point we hit the ‘town’ were we had planned to fill up bottles and realized there was nothing there other than a historic sign and a closed post office. We kept trucking but eventually got to the point of rationing that last bit of water until we found a house at the top of a wicked dirt climb with the coldest pump water Ive ever had PLUS a sweet orange cat. We then cruised through Greenfield and hit the Co-op were I finally was able to live out one of my goals of eating an entire pint of coconut ice cream during a ride. It was amazing. We rode home, cleaned up, and went back to Greenfield to crush food at The Peoples Pint. The food and beers were delish.

Friday’s Strava route: 48mi | 2,800ft | 3h10m

Friday morning we woke up a bit earlier and went out for another splorin’ trip. This route had more dirt goodness and a bit more rocky jeep-track through the state parks. Not much to say other than awesome roads, awesome scenery, and cool NOT SUPER HUMID weather. Our lunch stop was at the Leverett Village Co-Op that Dan had hit before and it was amazing. It seems to be kinda in the middle of know where right off the awesome sounding Rattlesnake Gutter Road. I bought way too much food including a loaf of bread and crushed as much as I could and stuck the rest into our various bike bags. We then settled into a good rhythm and cruised the 10miles back home. We hung out outside and drank for the remainder of the day. We cruised to the D2R2 camp ground/start to hang out/drink/grab our numbers before getting to bed before it was too too late.

Saturday D2R2 180k Strava Route: 110mi | 12,800ft | 8h45m

We woke up around 4:45am Saturday morning, got ourselves semi-awake and rode 3ish miles to the start of the ride. We were doing the 180k which went off between 6:00-6:30am. We grabbed some breakfast, used the port-o-potties and cruised out at 6:20am. This was my first pay-event ever… I realized ive never done a supported ride so I didn’t really know what to expect. Im pretty accustomed to riding and planning gas station stops so having water/food stops along the was, well really nice. It made the planning super easy because other than having the route you didn’t have to do anything other than pedal.

There was 6 in our group (Lauren opted for the 100k) and the plan was to ride together all day, take in some nice scenery, and do a good amount of talking/singing/bs-ing up as many hills as possible. In true fashion it was probably 3miles in and we were already crushing up some of the hills faster than my legs wanted that early into the ride. Oooof! The day started off cool with a good amount of shade under the tree canopy. Our spirits were high and the ever popular song from The Merrymen dubbed ‘Feeling Hot Hot Hot’ was blaring at a critical volume from most of our mouths. I also realized at this time that I didn’t know any of the lyrics other than ole ole, ole ole & feeling hot hot hot… it was alright. It was all we needed.

After a short amount of miles we hit the first rocky gravel accent. This is when I realized that unlike most of my other riding this one would be different. There were a good amount of people around us, people on all sorts of bikes with various different skill-sets. On our way up not only did one have to choose a good line through the super steep rocks/loose-stuff but also dodge/swerve/avoid riders who would randomly tip over in front of you. I also quickly realized that people who did stop whether it was from a mechanical or to catch their breath wouldn’t always be super considerate and move from ‘the line’. At many of these moments I was very happy to have my 34×32 granny gear. My knees have been loving me ever since.

The days profile was almost 100% saw-tooth with very few sections of flat. There was also no super long (over 25minute) climbs which makes the amount of climbing for the day even more impressive. Everything was punchy, some more so than others with only once section being 30% gravel for 50ft or so. The rest stops were very well placed and I never felt like I needed to conserve water to make it to the next stop. I will say having lunch right at the base of a semi-long climb was kinda ehhhh BUT im sure it was because that’s where all the different routes were suppose to converge & meet (but didn’t due to a bridge being out this year.)

The rest of the ride just seemed to float along. We all kept each other entertain/potentially annoyed up and over each steep kicker. Everything was a bit of a blur from then on. We then hit the 2nd to last water station on out way to Patten Hill which is road that turns into gravel and is ~2miles long with an avg of 9% grade. Brutal in its own right but way more intense when you are 95miles in and have slews of people trying to figure out a way to get up it in front of you. This was a notable climb and now I understand why people remember it. The good news is there was a stand at the top wish water/food/watermelon!

After the rest stop you enjoy a descent that starts a bit rocky on some jeep track and then descend farther into some more flowy dirt. You end up at the bottom with 100 miles in your legs at 10miles to go. Note to future self: The next 10 miles arent flat. Dont think the climbing is over and you will have a good time. After a few more kickers here and there we finally made it down by the river and rolled into the finish, all 6 of us together and in one piece.

We only had a few mechanical for the day. i think 3 flats, one due to a cut sidewall. and unfortunately Shaina broke 1 spoke on her front wheel and 2on her rear… luckily the super out of true rims were disc.

We grabbed a beer, some food, and a seltzer and bs’d for a while. After we filled our gullets we rode back to the airbnb and crushed a few too many IPAs, and I had a birthday shot cup of Fireball.

Another awesome weekend of buds, beers & bikes!

Bike setup:
Lynksey Cooper CX – Hydro Disc
50/34 x 11/32t gearing
37c Continental Travel Contact Tires
Rock Geist Half Frame Bag

New i9 / velocity wheels built right before this trip:

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Cookmans Creamery…

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2015 Charm City Cross

13 Oct


UCI Men – Day 1 – Prologue

Strava UCI Men Day 1:

Wildness at the flyover. I had to edit out the bad crash… a bit too wild to post on this blog. Glad everyone was alright from the sounds of it.

Usually we all make the traffic ridden drive Friday night after work to Baltimore for Charm City Cross but this year we opted to wake up at 6am in order to get there before the 8:30am race for Lauren.  6am – 3:15pm is a long day before your race starts.  Im always pretty bad at remembering to eat and drink throughout the day while getting my cheer/heckle on. We got everything setup then lurked around a bit.  We got into a conversation with some parents of the newly developed children’s cyclocross team that had 20+ riders in the new 8:30am juniors field.  It was seriously awesome to see how many kids were racing for the first year and having a blast. Untitled//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsUntitled


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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsPIZZAAA LEGS Gremily and the rest of the philly crew



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Tim Day!



//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWomens B 3/4… wildest start grid ever









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Jeff looking barely sick but definitely extra aero





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2015 Nittany Cross – Day 1 & 2

14 Sep

Ahhh Nittany Cross. The 1st real race of the season for most. Always fun seeing old friends and catching up while at the same time realizing A) you didn’t actually train that hard and B) you really are not sure if you ‘like’ racing

Day 1s race went well for me. Lined up 2nd to last row. Got into a group with Jack and rode with him until we got pulled w 2 to go. Somehow the officials never placed me but o well.

Day 2s race didnt go as well. Was in about the same range then the back acted up and I soft pedaled until Bossmans got close enough to get pulled w 3 to go.


Day 1

Day 2

Day 1 Video – 1st lap Mens UCI race

Bossmans hoping the barriers!!


Bike work

Day 1

Cat 4-5 Men

Womens 3/4 + Masters + Juniors

Podium picssssss

Masters 35+

1st time in the UCI race! The bessssttttt!

Mens UCI

Mens B 3/4

Little VT action

Then Blackbird dinner pickup

Day 2

Womens 3/4



back of the pack = happy face

UCI mens 2 day winner Bosmans!

Mens 3/4


2015 Arsenal Crit – Men’s 3/4 & 1/2/3

24 Aug

Mens 3/4 race = 60min
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/376393021/analysis
Avg Speed: 26.2mph
Avg Power = 278w
Avg HR = 190bpm

Mens 1/2/3 race = 70min of which I only did a few laps
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/376393000/analysis
Avg Speed: 25.3mph
Avg Power = 286w
Avg HR = 188bpm

After a pizza filled evening at Taconelli’s celebrating I went home and purchased my 2015 license… I feel a bit ashamed to say it but I havnt raced a bike since the last post. Even worse I havnt blogged in that long either… ooof! So much to go back to and add to the blog. Anyways I decided with the help of Jack and Greg (arrow racings finest) that I should do some racing before crit season was over. I signed up for the Mens 3/4 and 1/2/3 races. My goal was to hang with the lead in the 3/4 and see how many laps I could do in the 1/2/3

I got down early to watch our Cadence kids do the Mens 5 race along with Stevie-Snax doing his first ever crit #roadie. Unfortunately they were a few crashes taking some of them out.

The 3/4 felt fast to me. I haven’t done speed work in a very long time so it makes sense. I did end up hanging out in the back more than I should but I also secretly wanted to work on some intervals for the upcoming cross season. I took a turn or two at the front but didn’t feel like I could make many moves with my current fitness so I sat back in towards the blunt end. I didn’t contenst the sprint but rolled though ~15-20 with the field starting with about 70-80people. Mission accomplished.

There was an hour between the 3/4 and the 1/2/3 and I slurped down a coke and walked around with my skin suit tied around my waist debating the next race. Jack #arrowiseverything talked me into racing and even gave me a bottle since I was all out. So I lined up and did what I knew not to do… started at the back and played that game. Obviously this isn’t a good move but I was tired and knew that I wasn’t hanging long and honestly didn’t ewant to me in anyones way. But as we all know once people start falling off the back you have to close down gap after gap. I only had a couple of these in me and I popped… oh well. I gave the tent the ‘im done sign’ and pulled off to slug a beer. It was fun jumping into my first 1/2/3 and Im looking forward to getting in the mix again.

1/2/3 solo break win

1/2/3 field spring

Next up is Nittany Cross 🙂

2014 Nittany Lion Cross – UCI Men

8 Sep

— Saturday at Nittany Lion Cross —

This is the first big race of the season, the first race we were doing, and my first UCI race ever. I was excited to see a slew of cross buds but was more than a bit weary of doing the A-race. We got there before the 9:00am C-men race so the lady could pre-ride before her race, ie we were going to be there all day. The course was pretty much the same as always, with some of the roots covered in a small amount of loose dirt which meant that section was a cloud of dust if you were towards the back.

Ill keep my race recap short. I roll up to get my tire width checked and my front barely fits… guess tubes-n-clinchers really aren’t pro!? Im probably 3rd to last row with 45 starters. Im usually really nervous staring a cross race but I wasn’t nervous at all. Honestly I didn’t even know we were ready to start and was barely clipped in and focused before they blew the whistle. I lined up all the way to the left like a dum-dum and kept it civil during the start. I was told before the race to ride aggressive and make moves when I could. I tried to rail turns and pump out all the power these legs could handle…

That approach worked pretty well for the first 2 laps then BAM. I blew up sooooooo hard. My legs seemed alright my but lungs… my lungs did NOT like what I was doing at all. In a short section I think 10 riders went around me. Bleeeeh. The rest of my race was me riding by myself thinking, ‘Why am I doing this again?!’ I made it 45minuntes being 2 laps down before getting pulled. Not sure why they give people DNF’s now for getting pulled but oh well. I ended up 3rd to last, exactly where cross-results had placed me.

I have so much to work on in order to actually get in the mix. Im never going to be towards the front, but id like to make it through a full UCI race without getting pulled one day.

Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/191061860

Youtube Video:


4/5 C Men

Womens 3/4

Hole shot


Men’s 35+

35+ Results

2/3/4 mens B race

2/3/4 Results

Men’s UCI



Men’s UCI results

Crossasaurus Awesome 2013

28 Oct

Crossasaurus Awesome is has been one of my favorite races for the last couple years. Not because the course is amazing but because of the single speed cross races they have at the end of the day. Both of our start times were in the afternoon so we actually go to sleep in Sunday morning which was amazing. We got up there and watched the end of the Mens B race.




Lauren crushed a few souls and ended up 3rd in the Cat 3/4 Women’s felid and her first time on the podium. Woo!



Main goal for the day was to not get lapped as we were doing 10 laps or something crazy due to the short/fast course. For another week in a row I scrambled to get myself together before the race and get warmed-up. I did spin on a trainer for 15min beforehand periodically jumping off to scream on the ladies. I went off easy in the Men’s A 1/2/3 race and sat in behind Ryan on his SSCX rig. Eventually I made my way past riders (most who were off their bikes after crashing) and was trying to get the legs warmed-up.

I think during the 2nd lap I slid out and braaaap, snapped off my front brand new shifter,fuuuuuuu!!! Good thing I had just tightened it before the race… For the remaining 8 laps I was either in the drops or doing some weird crab move with my left hand as there was no hood to hold onto. I did learn I suck at riding tight corners in the drops, or I just cant corner well in things like that. I also learned not to try out new tubeless tires for the first time in a race. Meh. I didn’t even check my results and I think I lost my Garmin somewhere. Luckily there was a SSCX race to cheer me up.

No reason to talk about the goodness. Awesome costumes, beer in pumpkins, hardcore heckling, grain alcohol, and great people.

Youtube video of the SSCX race(s):






























WhirlyBird Cross 2013

14 Oct

WhirlyBird Cross, MAC race #5 of the series at Bensalem High School in the great North East Philadelphia. Last year was their first year at this venue and I recall really enjoyed the course/hecklers.


I just bought a new iMac after busting the ladies computer… first time back in the editing game… enjoy!


C men – Cat 4/5 Race pictures












Style points.


We got part of our kit order including bball jerseys//


Womens 3/4 – Cat B photos:











Mens Cat 2/3/4 – B Race:

I wont talk to my race too much since the video shows most of it but it was a fun tough race. Coming into it I knew I wasn’t going to be hanging with Mark or Bernie and was gunning for a top10. I got a 1st row call-up and came out of the prologue in 3rd behind Bernie and Sean. Sean went down after the first turn and I was already going low with nowwhere to go. I tried to bunnyhop/ran into him and hoped off my bike and started running with my bike on one side of the tape and my person on the other. After bobbling around a stake I jumped the tape, yelled out a hoot&holler and proceeded to jump on Andrey’s wheel. This was about the time a FreddieFu guy yelled at me and I may have cursed at him a bit then chopped him hard after the run-up. Throughout the race I traded spots with a slew of regulars which made the race a blast. The off-camber mud bog became wild and i was doing a one footed half crank ride through it everylap until i tried to run it once (shown at the end of the video) and i almost ate it hard… Somewhere mid way through #Pro CRCA cat1 roadie Alejandro Guzman cruised past me but that was the inevitable. After that I sat in with a couple of groups with Myles, Caleb, and a few others before Sean (Elite Endurance Training Systems) formed a big gap on me that I was never able to reel back until the last lap when I saw him and Guzman not too far ahead. I gave it some gusto as I knew Guzman must have had a mechanical if he was drifting back but wasn’t able to close it down and slowly rolled past the line getting 5th out of 88 racer. This course really lends itself to my strengths and I had one of my best races ever. I felt good about the day.

Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/88657108

A couple sweet photos from ‘http://www.apicephoto.com’

Apice Photo: 2013 Whirlybird 'Cross &emdash;

Apice Photo: 2013 Whirlybird 'Cross &emdash;

Apice Photo: 2013 Whirlybird 'Cross &emdash;

iPhone jawns:





Cat 2/3/4 Podium:


It got dirty out there…



Cat 2/3/4 results:



This made me chuckle.


I let the lady open up my prize pack of a giant thing of Heed and some sweet kit washing supplies.


Next up was the all important ‘On The Border’ trip to eat and drink it up.



Dog Podium